Ok­la­homa State knocked out of AP Top 25

Of­fi­cials, re­play crew are sus­pended af­ter con­tro­ver­sial loss

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Ok­la­homa State dropped out of The As­so­ci­ated Press col­lege foot­ball poll af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial loss, and Georgia and Clemson fell af­ter close calls against lightly re­garded op­po­si­tion.

Alabama is still No. 1, re­ceiv­ing 56 out of 61 first-place votes Sun­day. No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Michi­gan all moved up one spot. The Semi­noles got four first-place votes and Michi­gan re­ceived one.

Clemson fell from se­cond to fifth af­ter a four-point win against Troy. No. 16 Georgia dropped seven spots af­ter beat­ing Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion-level Ni­cholls by two.

The Cow­boys were ranked 22nd when it lost, 30-27, to Cen­tral Michi­gan on a fi­nal-play touch­down Satur­day. Of­fi­cials ac­knowl­edged af­ter the game that they mis­in­ter­preted a rule, and the play should not have been granted. Ok­la­homa State was a three­touch­down fa­vorite against the Chippe­was.

Here are some other takeaways from the poll.

No. 10 Louisville is in the top 10 for the first time since Oc­to­ber 2013, just in time to host one of the big­gest games in school his­tory. Florida State plays at Louisville on Satur­day.

No. 24 Arkansas is ranked for the first time this sea­son af­ter beat­ing TCU on the road, 41-38, in dou­ble over­time. The Ra­zor­backs are ranked for the first time since early last sea­son.

No. 23 Florida is back in the rank­ings af­ter slip­ping out af­ter the open­ing week­end.

TCU is un­ranked for the first time since Septem­ber 2014. Of­fi­cials sus­pended for in­cor­rect call: The eight-man of­fi­ci­at­ing crew that botched the end of the Cen­tral Michi­gan-Ok­la­homa State game has been sus­pended for two games, the Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence an­nounced.

The Big 12 Con­fer­ence an­nounced that the two-per­son video re­play crew that worked the game also has been sus­pended for two games. In ad­di­tion, the re­play crew will be pro­hib­ited from work­ing post­sea­son games this sea­son.

“The crew missed an op­por­tu­nity to ad­vise the MAC of­fi­ci­at­ing crew of the mis­ap­pli­ca­tion of the penalty giv­ing CMU an un­timed down that re­sulted in its gamewin­ning touch­down,” Big 12 co­or­di­na­tor of of­fi­cials Walt An­der­son said in a state­ment. “NCAA rules per­mit in­stant re­play to cor­rect egre­gious er­rors and it is un­ac­cept­able that it did not oc­cur in this sit­u­a­tion.”

Of­fi­cials mis­tak­enly gave the Chippe­was (2-0) an un­timed fi­nal play from mid­field af­ter the Cow­boys (1-1) were pe­nal­ized for in­ten­tional ground­ing while try­ing to run off the last four sec­onds with a three-point lead.

On that play, Cen­tral Michi­gan scored a touch­down on a long pass and lat­eral to win, 30-27. The ref­eree ac­knowl­edged after­ward that an er­ror was made by ex­tend­ing the game af­ter a loss-of-down penalty.

“Af­ter a thor­ough re­view and eval­u­a­tion of the en­tire Cen­tral Michi­gan at Ok­la­homa State con­test, we have de­cided to sus­pend the of­fi­ci­at­ing crew for the next two con­sec­u­tive weeks,” Bill Carollo, na­tional co­or­di­na­tor of col­lege foot­ball of­fi­cials, said in state­ment re­leased by the MAC.

Ok­la­homa State ath­letic di­rec­tor Mike Holder voiced his protest, but the re­sult of the game was fi­nal. Big Ten teams avoid non­con­fer­ence hic­cups: Wisconsin bad­gered Akron. Michi­gan man­han­dled Cen­tral Florida. Iowa over­whelmed Iowa State.

With Big Ten play loom­ing in a cou­ple of weeks, the con­fer­ence’s top teams took ad­van­tage of what on paper at least looked like weaker Week 2 op­po­nents.

These wins are by no means au­to­matic for power-con­fer­ence schools. Just ask Ok­la­homa State. Cen­tral Michi­gan wide re­ceiver Jesse Kroll, right, lat­er­als the ball to Cory Wil­lis while be­ing tack­led, re­sult­ing in a touch­down and a 30-27 vic­tory over Ok­la­homa State for three-touch­down un­der­dog Cen­tral Michi­gan.

Clemson and Georgia had some ner­vous mo­ments, too.

“These are lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties you get, and I think you’ve got to learn to ap­pre­ci­ate each op­por­tu­nity,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chyrst said Satur­day. “All we’ve got to fo­cus on is our­selves and max­i­mize each op­por­tu­nity.”

Chryst had his team fo­cused and ready. The Badgers led 30-10 at half­time on the way to a 44-point rout of the Zips.

Ohio State got off to what would be con­sid­ered a slug­gish start for the Buck­eyes in a 48-3 win over Tulsa. Ohio State didn’t score an of­fen­sive touch­down un­til quar­ter­back J.T. Bar­rett rushed in for a score with 9:42 left in the third quar­ter.

“But good teams pick up each other,” coach Ur­ban Meyer said.

The Buck­eyes de­fense is in mid­sea­son form af­ter in­ter­cept­ing four passes, in­clud­ing two pick- sixes.

Week 3 prom­ises to be a bit more chal­leng­ing for the Buck­eyes, who will face No. 14 Ok­la­homa and quar­ter­back Baker May­field on the road.

“Ob­vi­ously, the chal­lenge will come next week against a very good team, and we’re go­ing to jump on that one early and get ready to go” Meyer said.

Wisconsin has al­ready passed its big non­con­fer­ence test af­ter de­feat­ing then-No. 5 LSU at Lam­beau Field in the sea­son opener. So for the Badgers, the two weeks be­tween the Tigers and their Big Ten opener on Sept. 24 against Michi­gan State are about build­ing mo­men­tum and keep­ing a chip on their col­lec­tive shoul­ders.

“We didn’t want to show that we were too ex­cited and think­ing about [LSU]. We wanted to go and move on to Akron, and we’re go­ing to do the same thing next week here,” Wisconsin out­side line­backer T.J. Watt said.

Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 3 in AP Top 25 poll. Wisconsin moved up a spot to ninth. The Badgers play win­less Georgia State in Week 3.

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